Stop Killing UPenn's Asian American Studies

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Ellen Somekawa
4 years ago
I am an alum and fought for ASAM’s establishment. It is shameful that Penn will not commit to the sustainability and health of this program.

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Octavia Sun
4 years ago
During my undergrad (not at Penn), I took an Asian American Studies class that shaped me positively. It taught me the power I have, as an Asian American myself, in terms of protest and seeking change. With the current Trump administration and current state of politics, it has never been more crucial to keep Asian American Studies alive at colleges, especially at Penn, because of the power it can hold to teach us about social justice. It makes me sad that I only recently discovered the ASAM department at Penn. Please join me in supporting these students' efforts and show that ethnic studies (ASAM included) is important and necessary in the curriculum.

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Judi Rhee Alloway
4 years ago
UPenn is over 20% Asian and Asian Americans, it's absurd that the ASAM might be cut. Sign today!

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Michelle Yang
4 years ago
Asian American Studies is super important, and since it is becoming more and more of a rare thing, the preservation and support of current departments and programs is extremely crucial. I would love to take Asian American Studies classes, but as someone who is in an university that does not have ANY Asian American Studies program/consistent number of classes (I don't go to Penn), I am unable to, and that is something that makes me wonder whether I should have gone to a different university.

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Afnaan Moharram
4 years ago
ASAM courses were among my favorites. They are vital is furthering understanding the community's history, growth, and challenges- and aid in the identity exploration that is often at the core of the higher education experience.

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David David
4 years ago
Asian American Studies are integral part of the today's society not only in the US but also in non-Asian countries.

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Jay Shah
4 years ago
I am signing this because the loss of this program is reflective of Penn's views toward minority on campus.

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Michal O'Brien
4 years ago
AA Studies are important and should be supported

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Anne Montgomery
4 years ago
Asian American studies is vital for the future of upenn and for its students. Remember when you decided Russian studies weren't important and closed down the department? I do. What are you thinking now? I think the future thought leaders in Russian studies won't be coming to or out of upenn.

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Eric Hung
4 years ago
I'm signing because Penn has a top Asian American Studies program, and because there is no better time than now to learn about the histories and lives of minorities in this country.